I have been planning to make a Faux Bois Bench for my husband Matt’s gravesite since he died in April of 2010. Last autumn, when I made the Faux Bois Table Base or Stool — it could be used for either purpose — it was a practice effort. I wanted especially to practice making believable bark with acid stains on sculpted concrete. This summer I designed a sturdy bench and my welder friend, Gerald, made the armature with rebar. I then, cut the diamond lathe and wired it on using picture-hanging wire.
This is the armature of rebar that Gerald welded. It was modified somewhat after this. The seat was made deeper; a crossbar was inserted in back as in front; and several more diagonal supports were added.